Why stains keep coming back on a carpet and how to prevent it happening again.
Stains coming back in carpet is a very common problem. If you have had a carpet spillage or accident and tried to clean it up but the stain keeps reappearing, this article will help explain why the stain keeps returning and what you may be able to do about it.
If you have had a spot or stain on your carpet you may have used a stain remover or even dish washing liquid in an attempt to remove the stain only for the stain to reappear a few days or even a few weeks later. These carpet stains can return either just after the carpet has dried or perhaps take several days to return. Despite all your efforts it can be very disappointing to see these stains re-emerge. It could be you had a professional cleaning company to clean the carpet but the same problem has occurred.
So why do stains keep coming back on my carpet?
Carpet stain remover could be the cause of reoccurring carpet stains
Detergent or dish washing liquid can cause stains to come back on carpet
Oil based products can be the cause of stains
What’s the best way of removing reoccurring stains on carpet?
The answer is, there are several methods that may work to remove the stain.
First rinse the area of carpet affected by the stain with fresh water using with a sprayer. Do not over wet or soak the carpet, only lightly dampen it. Then apply a non coloured towel over the area to draw out the residue or spillage and leave for 10 minutes to soak up the moisture. Repeat this process several times. This method may dissolve any detergent on the carpet surface and may help stop the stain from reoccurring.
If the stain or detergent has soaked right down into the carpet backing it may perhaps be impossible to draw the stain up. It may be nessesary to use professional carpet cleaning equipment to draw the residue out of the carpet. A professional carpet cleaning company will have the necessary hot water extraction equipment to draw out the stain or residue from deep in the carpet.
Lifting carpet to remove reoccurring stain
General tips and advice about carpet stain removal
Scrubbing and wetting:
Avoid wetting a carpet too much. Over wetting can cause the cellulose in the carpet backing to dissolve and wick up the fibers and turn the carpet brown, permanently damaging the carpet. Always use a suitable sprayer where the amount can be controlled and lightly apply dampen the carpet which will allow the stain remover to do it’s work.
Scrubbing or rubbing too much can also damage the carpet pile. If it was necessary to scrub the carpet to remove any dried or caked on dirt, carefully trim off any fluffed carpet pile with scissors or a sharp blade when dry.
Always pre-test ”off the shelf” stain removers in an inconspicuous area beforehand. Some types of stain removers can bleach or affect the colour of the carpet.
Using dish washing liquid to remove stains from carpet.
It is often a mistake to use dish washing liquid or detergent to try and remove stains from a carpet. Used in a very small amount and diluted sufficiently, it probably won’t cause much of a problem. Another problem is soaking the carpet which can often damage a carpet.
The problem occurs because the dish washing liquid is very difficult to remove from the carpet afterwards. The residue from the liquid is sticky and this residue will attract more dirt when dry. The washing liquid will stay sticky when dry and continue to attract dirt when the carpet is used. This is often the reason why many stains come back afterwards and the area gradually turns into a stain again. The washing liquid will also stay in the backing of the carpet and slowly wicks back up the fibers and continues to attract dirt.